What are YOU going to do about it? A very important question that is not often directly addressed. You have your supplies, food, and water, then a disaster happens. What are the very first things you should do?
“It’s A Disaster!….and what are you gonna do about it?” By Bill Liebsch , Janet Liebsch (both veteran preppers and industry experts) addresses those questions. Bill and Janet have poured an exhaustive amount of research into this book breaking disaster preparedness down into manageable tasks. While reading the book I felt this is where prepping and common sense collide. The disasters one could realistically expect to face are covered in depth in this book. Along with statics and what you can expect to happen before and after.
How families and organizations first respond to disasters will inevitably dictate how they recover from them as well. “It’s a Disaster!” sets itself apart from other preparedness or survival books by offering information on disaster preparedness as well as recovery. I enjoyed learning not only how to survive but also how to get back to normal.
“It’s A Disaster!” covers the types of disasters and emergencies that families face every day like: winter storms, power outages, fires, extreme weather and the like. Sometimes while focusing on big disasters folks miss out on preparing for the smaller, but no less serious emergencies that they will more likely face in their lifetime. While not lacking on information regarding other types of disasters I enjoyed the fact that Janet and Bill also placed importance on preparing for emergencies people face every day.
The book is written in 4 main sections: Family emergency Plan, Kits & Shelter, Disaster Preparedness & Prevention, Information & Tips on Basic First Aid, and Emergency Contact Names & Numbers. It contains easy to read bulleted lists, a great index, and a great resource list in the back.
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Being a bit of a nerd myself, I love the fact I can use their resources to either further my own research or to see where they got their information on a specific issue or piece of advice. Personal experience is always great, but it should be tempered with careful research and facts. Bill and Janet excel at this in their book.
While the medical and first aid information included in the book is worth the price alone, I highly recommend this book to everyone – but in particular to families just starting their preparedness plans. It’s always easier to do it right the first time than have to go back and constantly change your plans. Some close friends of mine recently lost a house in a fire, much stress and heart break could have been prevented by following even half of the suggestions in this book.
I would also strongly recommend this book for members your church, 4-H groups, boy scouts, places of business or other organizations as a valuable disaster planning guide. Through Bill and Janet’s website (listed below) “It’s A Disaster” can be purchased for government agencies, nonprofits, civic clubs, emergency response volunteers, churches and schools at a discounted price.
“It’s A Disaster!” Has become a well used reference source at my house in the short period of time that I have owned it. This book excels at helping families and organizations set up disaster plans. My only recommendation is to read it in chunks – there is so much information in this book is not a quick read, if you go over too quickly you will miss information so reading a section or even just a chapter and then discussing it is helpful.
Everyone in your household and/or your organization needs to know exactly what to do in the event of a disaster and this book will help accomplish that in a way that keeps everyone safe by providing time tested and up to date information.
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